MIAMI -- Although the hire of new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor gets the ESPN.com's Dolphins page seal of approval, the move doesn't come without questions.
Lazor, a former quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, will take over Miami's 27th-ranked offense in 2014. Here are several questions Lazor and the Dolphins must answer in the coming days and weeks:
1. Will Lazor bring in new assistants?
Thoughts: Contractually, head coach Joe Philbin is in charge of hiring and firing his staff. But rest assured Lazor brought up the possibility of bringing his own assistants to Miami before accepting the job. Lazor had some leverage entering his interview with the Dolphins. Part of that leverage may have included bringing in position coaches he's more familiar with, potentially from Philadelphia. Miami offensive line coach Jim Turner should be particularly worried after his unit struggled in 2013.
2. What is Lazor's ability to call plays?
Thoughts: Here is perhaps the biggest downside to Lazor's hire: He's never called plays in the NFL. To Lazor's credit, he did call plays at the University of Virginia. But calling plays against Bill Belichick next season will be a whole new ballgame. This is a big season coming up for Miami. Philbin is 15-17 in two years and could be fired if he misses the playoffs for three straight years. Lazor needs to be sharp right away calling plays for the offense to flourish.
3. How fast is Lazor's tempo?
Thoughts: No offense was faster and ran more plays last year than Philadelphia's. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly brought his demanding style of offense to the NFL and was successful enough to win the NFC East division. Lazor is a West Coast coach, but there will be some elements from Kelly's offense in Miami. One most likely will be an increase in tempo. The Dolphins should be a faster offense that better dictates the pace of the game under Lazor in 2014.